London - Britain said Wednesday that Nigeria's deadliest ever bomb attack, which killed at least 118 people, would strengthen the international community's resolve to defeat terror in Africa's most populous nation.
Boko Haram was blamed for two car bombs that tore through a market in the central city of Jos on Tuesday, 20 minutes apart.
Jos is situated where the country's largely Christian south meets the mainly Muslim north, and has long been the scene of ethnic and sectarian conflict.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said: "I condemn this cowardly, inhumane crime.
"This attack on the market was a transparent effort to create tension between different groups in a city well known for its diversity where people of different ethnicities and religions live alongside each other.
"It has resulted in death and tragedy for both Christians and Muslims alike."
Hague said the attack had underlined the importance of a meeting of African leaders on Nigeria that he attended in Paris last weekend, in the wake of the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls by Boko Haram.
At the meeting "the international community and regional leaders made clear their collective determination to support Nigeria and defeat the scourge of terrorism", Hague said.
"The Jos attack has only strengthened our resolve," he added.